This thread is basically a general compilation of builds/guides that are available that may be helpful when making new characters or improving existing ones. Most of the guides linked to are patch version 1.10 or 1.11 specific.
I do not take credit for any of the guides that may be viewed at these links, nor am I or Blizzard Entertainment responsible for their upkeep or anything found at the links within this thread. If you would like to provide the information within this thread elsewhere, please just supply a link to this thread rather than copy/paste the info.
Feel free to suggest a guide, just make sure it's on a site of appropriate nature and the guide is reasonably thorough (various gear setups, explanations, strategies, and feedback are preferred).
If someone prefers not to have their guide linked to here, just reply to this thread saying so and the link shall be removed (I simply do not have the time nor means of contacting each individual person of whose guide I've linked to, I apologize in advance if this causes any problems). Again, I am not taking credit for the work of others, as this is merely a collection of public links others and I have found to be helpful, or that have been submitted by the author.
Please do not post actual guides within this thread, I only plan on linking to guides stored elsewhere, not actually storing them within this thread (its simply neater to do it this way). If you'd like opinions on a guide you've made, there are many forums out there (including this one) where you can post your guide and receive feedback.
I suggest reading the guides, as well as critiques of them when available. A number of guides contain errors, which are pointed out in the critiques. The critiques may also contain other helpful tidbits of information, so it is always a good idea to read through them.
Some links are down from time to time, but are usually back up within a day or so, so keep this in mind before reporting a dead link, please. I will periodically check all links and remove those to unavailable guides. Not all links will work from simply clicking on them in this thread, either, and must be copied and pasted into the browser's address bar to work. If they don't work on the first attempt, try reloading the website.
For basic Diablo II info, please consult the Arreat Summit:
For other informative Diablo II links (info on item modifiers, IAS/FHR/FBR/FCR breakpoints, damage/block rate calculator, leveling, etc.), please view this thread created by Oramin & Bloodshrike:
Helpful info can also be found here:
For assistance in skill planning and checking skill damage at a certain level, check here:
~*How to find what you may be seeking*~
If youre looking for a specific build in this listing and dont wish to scroll through, I suggest using the ctrl + f option, and then searching for a key word, or look here:
Post 1: This post
Post 2: Amazon builds
Post 3: Assassin builds
Post 4: Barbarian builds
Post 5: Druid builds
Post 6: Necromancer builds
Post 7: Paladin builds
Post 8: Sorceress builds
Post 9: General PvP, Magic Find, Hardcore Build, Mercenary, and Über Diablo Battling Info
Thanks to all of those that have contributed guides, links, errors, suggestions, and all that good stuff. =)
Axeazon: Uses as axe as her main weapon.
Bearzon: Utilizes Beast runeword for the +3 to Werebear it grants.
Bowazon: Uses a bow/crossbow as her main weapon.
Bowazon/Javazon Hybrid: Alternates between the Bow and Javelin skills/weapons.
Daggerzon: Uses a dagger as her main weapon.
Frost Maiden: Focuses on cold attacks/damage.
Javazon: Uses a javelin as her main weapon.
Mageazon: Utilizes the elemental bow skills.
Medusa-zon: Strafer with lots of crowd control.
Palazon: Tankazon that uses a Paladin skill as her main attack.
Proc'azon: Focuses on gear that gives "process effect on striking" mods.
Sniperzon: Aims for one-hit kills.
Slow(Bow)azon: Bowazon that stocks up on 'Slows Target' gear and cold damage.
Tankazon: Melee fighter that's ready to take the lead, get into the fray, and fight.
Bombasin: Focuses on use of Fire Blast and Shock Web.
Ghost: Utilizes 'Enigma' armor for teleport, while using Whirlwind, level 1 traps, Mind Blast, and Fade.
Iceasin: Focuses on cold attacks and Blades of Ice skill.
Kicker: Primarily uses kick attacks: Dragon Tail, Dragon Talon, or Dragon Flight.
Magesin: Utilizes the elemental skills/damage.
Mageslayer: Build aimed at killing caster characters in PvP.
Ninja: Uses some Martial Arts skills and some Shadow Disciple skills.
Shadow Walker: Particularly uses Shadow Disciple skills
Trapper: Mainly uses traps, along with some Shadow Disciple skills usually.
Whirlwinder: Has Chaos runeworded claw equipped for the +1 Whirlwind it grants.
Zealasin: Utilizes Passion runeword weapon for the +1 to Zeal it grants.
Avenging Singer: Hybrid that focuses on elemental damage and use of warcries.
Lycanbarb: Utilizes multiple Druid skills from gear.
Monk: Themed build based on being monk-like in appearance, which wields a staff.
Scavenger: Build focuses around being a passive magic finder by scavenging corpses using Find Item.
Singer: Caster build that focuses on use of warcries.
Tank: Able to go into the midst of battle and fight, thanks to high defense and strategy.
Thrower: Uses weapons that can be thrown (javelins, axes, knives).
Zealot: Equips Passion runeworded weapon for the +1 Zeal it offers.
Elemental: Primarily focuses on skills from the Elemental tab.
Elummoner/Shaman: Hybrid who applies skills from both the Elemental & Summoning tabs.
Fire Summoner: Mainly uses Elemental fire skills, with some summoning.
Flaming Rabies: Mainly uses Fire Claws & Rabies.
Hunter: Basically, a summoner that uses a bow.
Hybrid Wolf: Focuses around build possibilities coupled with being a Werewolf.
Polar Bear: Build that focuses on Hurricane in human form, along with Werebear.
Ranger: Mainly uses ranged attacks, namely with a bow/crossbow.
Summoner: Mainly targets, if not fully, applying all skill points into the Summoning tab.
Zealot Elummoner: Elummoner who uses wind skills along with a runeworded Passion weapon for +1 Zeal.
Bonemancer: Focuses on the bone skills of the Poison & Bone skills tab.
Bowmancer: Equips a bow, with the focal point of skills being Summoning & Curses.
Commandomancer/Meleemancer: Makes use of summons, while being able to melee himself and supplying auras and curses.
Jailkeeper: Uses bone prison as the primary tank, along with other skills.
Mojomancer: Mainly focuses on curse usage.
Poisonmancer: Focuses on the poison skills of the Poison & Bone skills tab.
Summoner/Skelemancer: Mainly uses skills of the Summoning Spells tab, along with some curses.
Throwmancer: Relates in many ways to the Meleemancer, with the exception of using throw weapons.
Avenger: Primarily uses Vengeance as attack.
Cleric: Primarily focus on skills that have some healing power, as well as some that can do some damage. This can be either a full supporter character, or supporter/caster in most cases.
Fireball Templar: Uses Fireball as a main attack, which is acquired through equipping Trang Ouls items, along with other usual Templar-associated skills.
Freezadin: Uses Holy Freeze aura & Zeal primarily.
Hammerdin: Focuses on using Blessed Hammer attack with Concentration aura
Liberator: Uses a combination of Charge, Blessed Hammer, Fist of Heavens.
Mageadin: Uses skills such as Fist of Heavens and Blessed Hammer.
Martyr: The main attack skill used is Sacrifice, which is synergized.
Ranger: Applies to any non-Amazon character that uses a bow/crossbow.
Relinquisher: Equips 'Passion' runeword and utilizes the +1 Berserk it grants.
Shockadin/Tesladin: Predominately uses Holy Shock aura, along with Zeal usually.
Squire: Supporter that strengthens and heals his mercenary to fight for him; resembles the cleric.
Templar: Focuses on Fist of Heavens.
Vindicator: Focuses on Smite, along with Fist of Heavens.
Weretemplar: Uses Beast runeworded weapon for the +3 Werebear shapeshift it grants.
Zealot: Main attack is Zeal, many times used with Fanaticism aura.
Avenger: Equips 'Kingslayer' runeworded weapon for the +1 Vengeance it provides, and melee combats.
Dual-Elementalist: Uses skills from two elemental tabs (Lightning, Cold, and Fire)
Enchantress: Equips multiple + to skill items to boost the level of Enchant, which can be used to help out other players, or for herself to attack with.
Energy: Based around Energy Shield.
Ranger: Uses a ranged weapon to attack, usually being a bow/crossbow.
Summoner: Utilizes the charges on various items that allow to summon creatures.
Tri-Elementalist: Uses skills from all three elemental tabs (Lightning, Cold, and Fire)
Zealot: Equips Passion runeworded weapon for the +1 Zeal it offers.